Barry Chambers, 20 May 2001
At Donemana former Irish captain Angus Dunlop (right) scored 119 as YMCA totalled 244 for 9 in their 50 overs, a total which proved to be beyond Donemana as they fell 26 runs short collapsing from 186 for 3, as M Vanniekera picked up a hat trick. James McBrine scored 51.
Limavady also suffered defeat in Dublin when the fragility of their batting this season surfaced yet again as they were dismissed for only 96 chasing 179. Decker Curry with 49 and Andy Christie with 13 were the only players to reach double figures as M Jones picked up 6-13. The concession of 53 extras did not help Limavady's task.
On a brighter note Brigade managed a comfortable victory over Old Belvedere with their top six batsmen all reaching double figures, Jason Brown top scoring with 46 in their total of 204-7. In reply Old Belvedere could only total 77 with 3 wickets for Mark Simpson, and 2 apiece for David Cooke, Dougie Huey and Ivan Nicholl.
Strabane, winners in 1998 were also victorious in Dublin scoring 216-7 with Terence Patton Jnr making 48. His father Terence Patton Senior and Marty Deans picked up 3 wickets each as Rush were dismissed for 177, 39 runs short.
Ardmore put up a poor batting display at Railway Union where they could only manage to score 94, with extras top scoring with 30. Skipper Paul Brolly with 20 was the best of their batsmen who had no answer to the slow bowling of Kenny Carroll who picked up 6-19. Niall O'Brien with 48 not out saw Railway Union safely home by six wickets.
Glendermott went down by 5 wickets to Waringstown after they totalled 187. Gareth Watson with 55 and Gordon Montgomery 49 were the chief contributors, as Simon Stokes captured four wickets. In reply Waringstown got home comfortably thanks to 63 not out from Man of the Match Garfield Harrison.
Sion Mills went down to a heavy defeat at home to Cliftonville when they lost by 9 wickets. They could only manage 143 in their 50 overs, a total which Cliftonville thanks to 88 from Andy Patterson passed with ease.
Bready put up a good fight against malahide but they too eventually lost by 3 wickets. Batting first they made 177 thanks to 34 from number 11 Geoffrey McConnell. He also picked up 4 wickets but the support bowlers fell short and Malahide got home with overs to spare.
Drummond would have been well pleased when they restricted North Down to a total of 135, with only Andy White scoring 77 making any major contribution. Chris Moore continued his good form with 6 for 34. However their batting was found to be lacking as they could only muster 75 with G Rodgers taking 6-13.
The most convincing winners of the day were Fox Lodge who amassed 257-9 with Brian Allen making a Man of the Match 94. There were also half centuries for Garwin Heywood and Michael Walker. In reply Cork County fell well short as they reached 100 all out. There were 3 wickets apiece for Mark Heywood and Stuart Clarke.